Going into Tuesday night, the Reds and Pirates had already had two bench clearing incidents this season. Number three was a doozy. The actual incident occurred in the ninth inning, but tensions started to rise in the seventh. The Reds Derek Dietrich has been a Pirate nemesis, unloading on Pittsburgh pitching this season, including a three home run game in June. The Pirates have taken exception to Dietrich's swagger, as he has often admired his home runs too much for their liking. When he stepped to the plate as a pinch hitter in the seventh, the first pitch from Pittsburgh's Keona Kela sailed over Dietrich's head.
Typically, in incidents such as this, the pitcher will deny that the pitch was intentional. That was not the case with Kela, who after the game admitted he went up and in on Dietrich on purpose.
Dietrich eventually struck out and Kela, as he left the mound, shouted at him and the Reds dugout. That's when Joey Votto took exception. Votto, the veteran leader of the Reds, let Kela and the Pirates know that the fastball near Dietrich's head was unacceptable. The benches didn't clear, but it was an indication that tempers were flaring. In fact it was after Votto challenged the Pirates, not after the initial pitch, that both benches were warned.
Then came the ninth. Reds reliever Jared Hughes, a former Pirate, entered the game and his very first pitch hit Starling Marte in the hip. Hughes was immediately ejected. Still, there were no fist-a-cuffs until Amir Garrett entered the game. The Reds lefty took over for Hughes and struggled, allowing a single and a home run. As Garrett was being removed from the game, with two gone in the top of the ninth, he and the Pirates bench began exchanging verbal blows and shortly thereafter, physical blows as Garrett charged the Pirate dugout, and the melee was underway.
Reds manager David Bell, who had already been ejected an inning earlier for arguing balls and strikes, came back onto the field during the incident to go after Pirate manager Clint Hurdle. One would imagine, Bell is in for a multiple game suspension. Yasiel Puig was among the others ejected and that was his final act as a Red. Puig, after the game, was informed that he was being traded, along with some prospects, to Cleveland for Tribe pitcher Trevor Bauer. Posted below is post-brawl reaction from Reds manager David Bell, the MLB Network, Amir Garrett and Joey Votto. Additionally, Fox Sports Ohio caught up with Puig after word of his trade to Cleveland came down. Whew!! What a night it was in Cincinnati.